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    Question Open question to the Affiliates
    How did you get into this business?

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    I had a very distressing work experience in a temporary assignment. My fear was that this same situation would manifest itself in my regular job.

    I wanted a backup income that I could secure from home. What is strange is that I pursued affiliate marketing before I even knew it existed (4 yrs ago). My plan was to contact merchants and propose such relationships but as I searched around, I discovered this was already being done via Linkshare and Commission Junction among others.
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    In the 90's I owned a Healthcare Forum

    I had one advertiser.
    They were purchased by WebMD
    I lost my income.

    Needed to replace them FAST
    I found affiliate marketing and rotated ads for Telcom services

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    At one point, 2002 I guess, I decided I wanted to grow Bonsai trees. Turns out that takes a lot of time. So I decided to sell them instead. That takes a lot of time too, since you stil have to grow them.

    So I decided to sell someone elses, and the rest is history.
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    My doctor said I needed to spend hours in front of the computer updating pages.

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    I started as a merchant at the beginning of Internet. My competition got bought by investors with unlimited money from venture capital. I was doing this for pleasure more than money so I had no intend to invest to expand my inventory or to recruit. I had to find a way to sell what I like without the headache to run a business. Affiliate marketing didn't exist at that time but it was possible to transfer the orders to a principal and get a commission. Then, we found a way to do it automatically, then to track links. Then somebody called it affiliate marketing.

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    >>Then somebody called it affiliate marketing.

    HISTORY

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    Natural evolution since I had several high traffic websites already. Figured it'd be great to monetize that traffic in new ways.

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    I started my first site to support my off-line consulting business. There was information that I wanted to share with my clients on a regular basis and email seemed to be a very unreliable delivery method. Several of my clients wanted to purchase products that I recommended from my site so I started researching the affiliate business.

    I still don't sell products from my original site (which is a membership site) because to me that was just too much of a conflict of interest, however I became hooked on the affiliate business model and developed additional sites that are totally unrelated to my consulting business.

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    Lite On The Do, Heavy On The Nuts Donuts's Avatar
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    years ago, as a channel development consultant, i tried to convince a merchant to try affiliate marketing - they said i didn't know enough - so i researched it to death and pitched it to them again and again. telling me no, at the ceo level, for the third time made me approach it from the other end, as an affiliate, to prove to them that i knew what i was talking about. as the commissions poured in, i changed from proving anything to them to thoroughly enjoying my freedom as an independent marketer. telling me "no" was the very best motivational gift i've ever received. as a way of thanking them in return, i smile and tell them "no" now when they ask me to work with them to establish their aff program and market their stuff online.

    thanks for asking, i really enjoy telling my story.

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    It was Super Bowl weekend 1998 and hubby (then my fiancee) was firmly parked in front of the TV for the duration. I was bored so I made a web site on Prodigy, my ISP. It was fun, I got some traffic. I started making fun pages. That was fun, too. In 1999 a woman who also made fun pages told me about affiliate marketing. I bought my first domain, joined Amazon and CJ and it just grew from there. It's been interesting and lucrative and frequently hideously boring.

    As for the woman who turned me onto affiliate marketing -- last I checked her web sites were frozen in time or abandoned. Odd, ain't it?

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    I had a little sideline shop at Cafepress with some of my company's designs on T-shirts; mostly customer requests. Then they started an affiliate program and I was putting up pages of other shops' shirts too. It was going good so I bought two more domains and populated them with designs from all over Cafepress. Then they moved to CJ and I had to find something else to do with my two new domains and the pages that google was sending folks to. It has been a chaotic 6 months but is finally getting to the direction I want it to go and now I started two more sites. I am hoping to be able to close my own business in another year or so as it is just too demanding. I'm ready for SS next year and some supplemental income will help.

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    Sometimes in 1998 I met a really nice chap who played golf as amateur for the national team. He and his wife became good friends with my wife and me. He kept pestering me to take up golf, he even offered me to teach me how. At that time I didn’t have the time due to a very demanding job, so I couldn’t take up his very generous offer – something I’ve been regretting ever since, but that’s another story.

    Since I was interested in learning HTML at that time I started building a small site on golf (hosted on Tripod!), which also helped me to learn about all the golf related stuff. I was thrilled when people visited my new site, ‘beautifully designed’ with blinking fonts, multiple colors and the likes that were popular those days…

    I stumbled upon CJ and added a few aff links and – hard to believe but true – made a few bucks. I still remember when I showed by wife and our two friends my first check. It was just enough for a simple meal for all of us, and I told them that I’d be happy if I could make enough this way to take them out once every couple of months.

    Things grew from there, I became more professional, built more sites, bought a few, developed my own products etc. Eventually I ditched my demanding day job to do this full time. I never looked back.

    I even picked up golf along the way, too…
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    A friend of ours was buying adwords and redirecting visitors to a few very niche merchants who had almost no exposure, no marketing. About 3 years ago we tried finding our own niches with adwords, found one niche that brought in limited income (maybe $600-$1100/mo)...and then keyword competition began to cut into our profits. We knew that paying for every click would eat our lunch, so we started our own site. The motivation: extra spending money and an eventual way to stay at home with kids. Results have outpaced our expectations, but so has the number of hours that we dedicate each day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by visitourmall
    Natural evolution since I had several high traffic websites already. Figured it'd be great to monetize that traffic in new ways.
    ditto
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    I was lazy and was tired of working for the man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuts
    years ago, as a channel development consultant, i tried to convince a merchant to try affiliate marketing - they said i didn't know enough - so i researched it to death and pitched it to them again and again. telling me no, at the ceo level, for the third time made me approach it from the other end, as an affiliate, to prove to them that i knew what i was talking about. as the commissions poured in, i changed from proving anything to them to thoroughly enjoying my freedom as an independent marketer. telling me "no" was the very best motivational gift i've ever received. as a way of thanking them in return, i smile and tell them "no" now when they ask me to work with them to establish their aff program and market their stuff online.

    thanks for asking, i really enjoy telling my story.
    I enjoy reading about it, too! Gotta love turning a neg turns into a pos.
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    I started out in poker. I opened up a poker forum. Our members started trying out online sites and we started writing reviews of these new poker rooms. It snowballed from there. It got to where new sites were offering us 5 digits for reviews on our front page. (I shared that income with our contributors, and sponsored tournaments, helped the snowball a great deal)

    Then the poker sites started affiliate programs where I got paid per signup and got a residual income for each new member I sent there. That snowballed. It became my primary income so I quit to pursue it full time.

    I had different sites for poker, casino's, bingo rooms, sportsbooks, etc. When rumors of the change in laws for gaming in the US started, I started to diversify into other areas. I recently sold all of the gaming sites and now I'm still just getting into "traditional" affiliate marketing.

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    Short version of my story is I needed to work from home. Had been dabbling in Affiliate Marketing for several years, eventual goal was and still is to be a merchant and just sell my art on stuff But other people seem to like me being an aff manager for now and teaching them how to monetize their sites Work from home, do what I love.
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    "How did you get into this business?"

    Was messing around with a personal home page, freebie hosting place other people at work told me about. They had a few banners available, one being Barnes & Noble and we would get a percentage of the sale. I thought that was the coolest thing.

    At about the same time, someone gave me the login info to a page they weren't updating anymore (gave me the page) and I put up some ebay links and instantly made money.

    And also around the same time, this is all within a few months, I had a friend at work that used to run a coupon site on his .edu pages. He was making a few thousand and used to show me the checks, that got me interested in coupon sites and he helped me out a lot. He gets nice Christmas presents from me So I started my own and decided I needed to try this full time to give it a shot and eventually quit my job I had for 12 years when I was only making $200 a month with affiliate marketing. And it's been working out for about 5 1/2 years now.

    Ebay was my first sale and I still remember logging in and seeing something in the balance for the first time and thinking, wow it actually works. And then after the first check, I was hooked.

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    I had been listening to some podcasts (while driving around, doing yard work, etc.) last year about making money online, to help out in monetizing a couple of site ideas I've had. "Attending" eComXpo in October helped to get things rolling.

    Things really picked up when one I listened to one podcast about "Cyber Monday", which was touted by some to be the biggest online shopping day of the year. So I registered a domain on the Sunday before Cyber Monday, opened an AdWords account, applied to a few retail affiliate programs and by Tuesday had some campaigns running. About a week later I had my first $1000 profit day. I was like this the next little while => ...and I've been focusing on the retail market ever since.

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    Lite On The Do, Heavy On The Nuts Donuts's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    Ebay was my first sale and I still remember logging in and seeing something in the balance for the first time and thinking, wow it actually works. And then after the first check, I was hooked.
    Heheheeee! Exactly!

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    In 1997 I was working at a crappy carpentry job. One day I shot myself in the hand with a nail gun and the next day I took a job with a dot com start-up. Been at it in one form or another ever since.
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    Fun Thread. Interesting hearing everyone's stories.

    I was a mid-level manager when the bubble burst and I lost my job. Job prospects were bleak and I spent 1.5 years looking for the right work, eventually realizing that I had to re-train. I built my first affiliate site to learn web technologies and gradually began to realize that the potential was huge for someone who could write code and crunch numbers. I've always loved treasure hunting and AM is one huge treasure hunt. I love the idea that I have a data warehouse running 24/7 that spits out money.
    Merchants, any data you provide to Google Shopping should also be in your affiliate network datafeed. More data means more sales!

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